Chamber & Collaborative

Degree Requirements

Master of Music
Collaborative Piano


The two-year Master of Music (M.M.) degree in Music Performance trains students as informed artist-performers. In addition to demonstrating technical mastery of their instrument or voice, students are expected to exhibit a thorough understanding of the theoretical, pedagogical, and historical aspects of the major, as well as a knowledge of the literature of their performance area.




Administrative Contacts
Role Contact Person
Director of Graduate Studies, Graduate Advisor  James Buhler
Graduate Coordinator Marina Martinez
Graduate Admissions Coordinator Daniel Seriff
Scholarships & Assistantships Coordinator Anne Hall
Registrar Stephen Wray
HR Coordinator Aaron Pyle
Operations & Scheduling Page Stephens


Collaborative Piano Division Contacts & Faculty
Role Contact Person
Division Head & Area Counselor Colette Valentine
Accompanist Alexandre Maynegre-Torra
Faculty Rick Rowley
Faculty Patti Wolf



Degree Requirements

The M.M. in Collaborative Piano Performance requires 32 hours of registered coursework, a comprehensive examination, and two recitals. 

Major Coursework 

Major Coursework for the M.M. in Collaborative Piano Performance
Hours Course Number Course Title/Description
8 PIA 480V  Graduate Piano: Collaborative Piano (2 semesters) 

MUS 698RA and 
MUS 698RB 

Master’s Recital 

Two chamber recitals are required for this degree program. 

6 MUS 387L 12  Advanced Studies in Music Literature: Collaborative Piano Literature (2 semesters) 

MUS 180V 

Collaborative Piano: Vocal and Instrumental (2 semesters, can be taken concurrently) 

A comprehensive examination is required of all master’s degree candidates, usually in the final semester. 

Supporting Work 

Supporting Coursework for the M.M. in Collaborative Piano Performance
Hours Course Number Course Title/Description
3 MUS 388T  Analytical Techniques 
2 MUS 280D  Topics in Diction and Translation 

Additional music courses. Recommended courses include: 

OPR 280, Graduate Opera (opera coaching for pianists) 
MUS 380, Advanced Studies in the History and Culture of Music 
MUS 387L, Advanced Studies in Music Literature 
MUS 388V, Score Reading 
MUS 176C, Thorough/Figured Bass 

Students must demonstrate a proficiency in English, Italian, French, and German diction. 

Master’s Recital 

Students must perform two Master’s recitals in the fall and spring of the second year of study. 

Find recital scheduling procedures on the Butler School Operations website. 


Students must perform a short jury recital at the end of each semester within the first year of study. 

Postponements are allowed for extenuating circumstances (injury, death in the family, etc.).  No-shows are considered a failure. Postponements will be rescheduled as soon as possible. 

Fall & Spring Semester of First Year
(25-30 minutes)
Mini-recital, including 3-4 different partners and contrasting repertoire 

Students must provide a printed, professional-quality program with brief program notes and, when necessary, song translations for faculty and audience. Collaborative piano faculty members provide comments on jury sheets; the student’s primary teacher will share jury comments. 



Advising & Registration

For information about course registration, deadlines, adding and dropping courses and other policies, visit the Graduate School Academic & Registration Policies webpage.

Students who wish to take an independent study course need to fill out a Consent Form. Once the faculty member and Graduate Coordinator have approved your request, the bar to register for the course will be lifted.

To be eligible for fellowships, scholarships and assistantships, graduate students are required to be enrolled full-time (at least 9 hours).

All international students are also required to be enrolled full-time during each long semester, regardless of whether they receive funding from the Butler School of Music.

Transferring Coursework

A new doctoral student may petition to substitute up to twelve credits of graduate level coursework completed at another institution for degree requirements at the University of Texas, subject to approval by the Butler School Graduate Studies Committee. This process must be completed during the first semester of enrollment, before the close of the fall advising period.

Courses approved for substitution typically fall into the areas of music history, theory, literature, and pedagogy, as well as chamber music.

Under normal circumstances, transferred coursework should have been completed within the four academic years prior to the start of the doctoral work at UT. The GSC will consider on a case-by-case basis whether coursework completed more than four years prior to the start of doctoral study at the Butler School can count toward the program of study.

Coursework completed for a master's degree at the University of Texas at Austin may be included in the course work for the doctoral degree without a petition form, but is subject to approval by the Graduate Studies Committee chair in Music, the candidate's supervising committee, and the Dean of Graduate Studies.



Graduation Timeline

Semester-by-Semester Overview

Prior to 1st semester

  • All students must take the diagnostic examinations in music history and music theory. Additional diagnostic exams are administered for students in composition, voice, jazz and music theory.

Semester 3

  • Registration for the following if required – MUS 698RA, 698A.
  • M.M. Piano Performance students take their group comprehensive exam.
  • With the approval of their studio teacher, some performance area students may perform their thesis recital.

Semester 4

  • Students must submit a completed M.M. degree check form to verify their completion of coursework.
  • Students must apply to graduate – check graduate school website for deadline.
  • Registration for the following if required – MUS 698RB, 698B, 398M.
  • M.M. String students take their group comprehensive exam.
  • All other students take individual comprehensive exams as arranged by their studio teacher (for performance area students) or their supervising professor (for academic area students).
  • Most performance area students perform their thesis recital.
  • M.M. Music & Human Learning – Non-Thesis Track complete their master’s project.
  • M.M. Music Theory, M.M. Music & Human Learning – Thesis Track and M.M. Composition students complete their master’s thesis or master’s report and submit it to the Graduate School.
  • M.M. Ethnomusicology and M.M. Musicology students complete their master’s report and submit it to the Graduate School.



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